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Managing Asthma

If you have asthma, you may have developed ways of coping with your symptoms that you may think are working quite well. However, you may not be controlling your asthma symptoms.
 

Work with your healthcare provider to develop your personalized asthma management goals. Here are some examples:

  • Few, if any, asthma symptoms
  • Few, if any, awakenings during the night caused by asthma symptoms
  • Little or no time off from school or work due to asthma symptoms
  • No limits on your participation in physical activities
  • No asthma-related emergency department visits
  • No asthma-related hospital stays

If the ways in which you’re managing your asthma don’t allow you to meet the goals above, talk to your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Discuss your symptoms and how they’re affecting your life, your asthma triggers and what you could be doing to minimize your exposure, and your medications and how you’re using them.

Keep in mind that asthma symptoms can change—becoming more or less severe—from time to time. That’s why open and regular communication with your healthcare provider is essential, even if you’re feeling fine. Based on your current condition, he or she may decide to adjust how you’re managing your asthma.

Talk with your healthcare provider about creating an Asthma Action Plan. This is an important tool that will help you work closely with your provider and help you take an active role in managing your asthma.

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